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China takes ‘zero tolerance’ approach to regional polluters: Cabinet | Reuters

China will take a “zero tolerance” approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document.

A man wearing a face mask stands on a bridge in front of the financial district of Pudong on a hazy day, in Shanghai November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

Authorities across China have been ordered to take part in a comprehensive inspection program to be completed by the end of 2015, said the policy document that was released on the official government website late on Wednesday.

The program’s findings will be released publicly under a policy of enhanced transparency and accountability, it said, and any regional regulations that hinder enforcement of national environmental legislation must be annulled by June 2015.

The state of China’s air, soil and rivers has emerged as one of the ruling Communist Party’s biggest challenges, with an increasingly prosperous public unwilling to accept the environmental costs of rapid economic growth.

China declared a “war on pollution” this year and passed long-awaited amendments to its 1989 Environmental Protection Law, giving authorities added powers to monitor, fine and even imprison repeat offenders.

On Wednesday, the cabinet also approved draft amendments to China’s air pollution law that include unlimited daily fines if violators do not rectify problems, the China Daily newspaper reported. Polluters currently pay a one-off fine of up to 200,000 yuan ($32,595).

Enforcement remains one of the government’s main concerns, with the Ministry of Environmental Protection complaining last month that some regions preferred “form over substance” when it came to implementing new guidelines.

The ministry also criticized regional governments that failed to comply fully with industrial restrictions during this month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

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via China takes ‘zero tolerance’ approach to regional polluters: Cabinet | Reuters.


Highlights – President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to parliament – Reuters

The new government will pursue an economic reform agenda that foresees introducing the goods and services tax, encouraging foreign investment and speeding approvals for major business projects, President Pranab Mukherjee said in a parliamentary address on Monday.

Mukherjee also said the focus of the Modi government would be to:

– contain food inflation

– improve supply side of agro-based products

– prepare contingency plans for sub-normal monsoons

– increase public and private investments in agriculture

– address issues in farm pricing and procurement

– set up IITs and IIMs in every state

– have zero tolerance against violence against women and will strengthen criminal justice system

– tackle illegal immigration and infiltration in the north east region

– roll out broadband highways in every village in next five years

– vigorously follow up issue of black money with foreign governments

– focus on social media as a tool for participative governance

– provide predictable, fair and stable policy environment

– make every effort to introduce goods and services tax

– encourage investment through foreign direct investment

– promote labour-intensive manufacturing, tourism for job creation

– move towards a single-window system of clearances to promote manufacturing

– fast-track investment friendly public, private partnership

– liberalise foreign direct investments in defence

– encourage private investments in defence production

– implement reforms in defence procurement

– take up modernisation and revamp of railways on priority

– chalk out infrastructure development programmes for high-speed rails, roads and airports

– launch comprehensive national energy policy and focus on increasing electricity generation

– urgently pursue reforms in coal to attract private investments

– operationalise international civilian nuclear pacts

– ensure every family has good house by 2022

– ensure 24×7 electricity supply by 2022

– follow zero tolerance towards extremism, terrorism and communal violence

– formulate clear rules for allocation of coal, minerals and telecoms spectrum

– work towards putting economy on high growth path

– engage energetically with neighbours, including China

– bring renewed vigour in its engagement with the United States

via India Insight.

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